The Tummy Mummy
Michelle Madrid-Branch, Marin Thurber
(Adoption Tribe Pub, June 1, 2004)
The Tummy Mummy has been named a, "Top 25 Adoption Books for Children," by Adoption Mama Blog. This beautifully illustrated and compassionately written book honors the adoption triad in a respectful and loving way. It's a wonderful tool for supporting adoption dialogue!A Note from the Author:The message within this book's pages has helped countless families, children of adoption, and birthmothers, find a place of healing and a path of communication around adoption. Unfortunately, there have been a string of negative reviews recently, here on Amazon, by those who are not in support of adoption. These groups and individuals are largely "anti-adoption". Their comments often do not review the product -- rather they aim to attack adoption itself.This is especially troubling when we consider the many children who wait in foster care and in orphanages for their forever families. And, those who await a loving explanation of the true meaning of adoption.I was one of those kids. So, I know.The message of ADOPTION MEANS LOVE is not only important. It is essential.This book introduces a birthmother who deeply loves her unborn child, but cannot raise her, so she makes the most selfless sacrifice a mother can make: to let the child go, and grow, in the arms of another family. I wrote this simple little book from my own memories as a child. The message is one I was taught from my adoptive mother who is now in Heaven.Let me also add, that I was born in England, and so the term, "tummy mummy", helped me feel close to the mother who gave birth to me. I owe to her my life, my respect, my love, and my never-ending gratitude. This book is filled with those themes.This children's book, like my message of adoption means love, may not be for everyone. However, it is for many who -- like me -- believe that we are guided by a higher power in this life. A power that weaves families together in miraculous ways. One of those ways, we call adoption.I'm proud that The Tummy Mummy was named a "Top 25 Adoption Books for Children", and I stand by its message.Thank you for your kind consideration.